Zendaya snapchatted experience of ‘racial profiling’ over the weekend


After Giuliana Rancic made a point of saying that former Disney star, Zendaya, smelled like weed and patchouli when walking the red carpet with a head of stunning dreadlocks, we soon learned the 20-year-old star was well able to defend herself.

But it seems like this type of treatment is far from rare in the life of the young actress – something which she highlighted on Snapchat over the weekend.

According to a video she shared with followers in recent days, she and a male friend were subject to racial profiling during a visit to a Vons store.


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"So, we just got out of Vons," she told the camera. "Now, I am trying to buy a lot of gift cards."

"There are certain limits and some things, which is understandable so I'll take the less amount, whatever." Zendaya continued. "But the lady that was helping us… I don't think she was a huge fan of our skin tone."

The actress then recalled having the assistant throw her wallet after telling her she could not afford the $400 purchase.

"I can't make this up! This is what we deal with," she insisted. "Long story short, there is so much progress to be done in our world."

According to Refinery29, a store manager eventually intervened and allowed Zendaya to make her purchases.